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Texas A&M at Qatar to host World Congress on Engineering Education 2013

Global engineering education congress to take place in January 2013.

Texas A&M University at Qatar has announced that it will host the World Congress on Engineering Education 2013 (WCEE 2013) from 7 – 9 Jan. 2013. The congress will provide a forum for researchers, engineers and academics from all over the world to present and disseminate their research results and development activities on modern engineering education. It will also be a platform to exchange ideas about effective techniques and pedagogies to prepare the coming generations of engineers for global challenges.

Over 400 attendees are expected to participate in the event. Dr. Mark H. Weichold, dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar, will serve as general chair. The conference’s organizing, technical and international advisory committees will be comprised of experts from academia and industry in Qatar, the region and world.

In his announcement of the event, Weichold said, “Texas A&M at Qatar is enthusiastic about organizing WCEE 2013 and looking forward to seeing it materialize over the coming months. As the University prepares to begin its tenth year of operation in Qatar, WCEE 2013 will be the centerpiece of the University’s year-long decennial celebration. I am proud to mark this anniversary with an event that celebrates the future of engineering education, as this aligns with the University’s vision of being a valuable contributor to knowledge internationally and a valued resource to the State of Qatar.”

Topics covered at the conference will include engineering roles in innovation and entrepreneurism; designing engineering curricula; teaching a culturally diverse student body; the role of technology in engineering education; models for collaborative engineering education between local organizations and western universities; and industry-university collaboration.

Dr. Hamid Parsaei, congress vice chair and associate dean for academic affairs at Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “WCEE 2013 was created to further foster engineering and engineering technology education in the region and beyond. Our objective in organizing this congress is to bring together engineering educators from around the region and globe to promote and exchange ideas and discuss their experiences in engineering education. The congress is also intended to serve as a forum to encourage the involvement of corporate decision makers, as well as public policy makers, to convey their opinions regarding the needs and type of theoretical and practical hands-on training the modern engineering graduate is expected to possess.”

Paper abstracts will be accepted through 1 Aug. 2012, and information on submitting an abstract or sponsoring the event is available on the conference’s Web site,

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